ERIC Number: ED325716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: 0
Beyond High School: The Transition to Work. Focus 25 1990.
Carlson, Carol Gordon
This report discusses the problem of inadequate assistance for work-bound youth. The employment outlook for the typical work-bound high school graduate is gloomy due to a shrinking labor force and poorly prepared workers. Employer complaints of poorly trained youth, weaknesses of secondary vocational education programs, the increasing need for improved continuing education, and concerns of legislators are addressed. Suggesting that the solution must be multifaceted, the report considers an approach that includes developing and making available appropriate tools to determine abilities of the U.S. work force, updating curriculum and methods in the public education system to develop these skills, integrating student part-time work into the student's studies, and providing programs and support services that train for the work force or smooth the transition into a career-track job. The report concludes that new ways of looking at the old problems should be created and that increased funding as well as a more positive attitude concerning the career goals of work-bound students are needed. Four vignettes describe the Job Training Partnership Act, Worklink, Jobs for America's Graduates, and Educational Testing Service research on workplace literacy training. Eleven references are listed. (YLB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.